Monday, February 9, 2009

Lavlin case posted to Wednesday

Kochi: The Kerala High Court today adjourned till February 11 hearing on two PILs seeking a declaration that sanction is not necessary to prosecute CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and two others arraigned as accused by the CBI in the SNC-Lavalin case.

When the petitions came up before a division bench, comprising acting Chief Justice J B Koshy and Justice B Bhavadasan, counsel of one of the petitioners -- Asaf Ali representing the People's Council of Civil Rights, informed the court that they have filed a correction and amendment petition and sought more time.

After assessing the convenience of Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad, petitioner's counsels and Counsel of the
accused, the bench posted the case to Wednesday.

Former Advocate General M K Damodaran is representing Vijayan in the case, relating to alleged irregularities in the award of contract to Lavalin for renovation of three hydel projects in Kerala, when Vijayan was the power minister in the 1990's.

Two other accused in the case for whom sanction was sought for launching prosecution proceedings include former Principal
secretary (Power), K Mohanachandran, the first accused and A Francis, former Joint secretary, the 10th accused. PTI

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